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  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2015-07-14 Permalink | Reply
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    God Spoke to Me 

    A surrendered heart is crucial in one’s relationship with God, but to use John 14:21 and say that “revelation comes to those who are willing to follow God’s ways” is a plain misuse of the passage, even the context. Jesus is speaking exclusively to His twelve disciples (less one). That promise which He spoke to them was for them, not for any of us today. We are not guided into all truth except through the very written word of God! The apostles did not have for themselves a “Bible” that could be taken into all the world. What they had was God’s Spirit that taught them that which God wanted them to know (1 John 1:1-3; 4:1, 6). This they taught and wrote down for man today (cf. Jude 3).

    How does God speak to us today? He speaks to us through His revealed (written) word. This is abundantly clear when one considers the following:

    Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. (Hebrews 1:1-2,ESV)

    To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:14, ESV)

    I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:14-15, ESV)

    His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, (2 Peter 1:3, ESV)

    …how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel (Ephesians 3:3-6, ESV).

    When a man gets into the subjective realm of “God spoke to me” he has gone into a realm that is nothing more than “I want.” In other words, he has gone into a realm where he wants to believe that God spoke to him; it is not a realm of objective truth, but a subjective realm of “This is my opinion and don’t you tell me anything that is different!”

    In such a realm, getting the objective truth of God’s revealed word into the mind of that one is difficult. On the other hand, if one is willing to compare his or her subjective approach to life in alongside the revealed word of God (Hebrews 4:12), then the subjective approach can be lain aside for the Lord’s word.

    In such case, it can be said, properly, that “God spoke to me.”

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 8:57 am on 2015-07-14 Permalink | Reply

      Ron, a few days ago, this stanza really stood out to me, especially the third line:

      How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
      Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
      What more can He say than to you He hath said,
      You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

      Such a beautiful line, that third one.

      Thanks for your thought here.

    • Ron Thomas 5:21 pm on 2015-07-14 Permalink | Reply

      very good, Randall.

    • Eugene Adkins 6:16 pm on 2015-07-14 Permalink | Reply

      So are you saying that a person can’t look into a magic hat to get “another” revelation of Jesus, or have a dream of Jesus revealing that he rose from the grave on Sunday but that the 10 Commandments are still in effect as God’s law, or have a vision that led to a revelation of Jesus’ return beginning in 1914?

      • Ron Thomas 8:17 pm on 2015-07-14 Permalink | Reply

        I sure couldn’t say it to them, could I? LOL

        On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 6:16 PM, The Fellowship Room wrote:

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  • Larry Miles 2:44 pm on 2015-05-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Thought # 3 – In Him We Have Redemption Through His Blood 

    Text: Ephesians 1:7-10

    There are many reasons why Christians should praise God. One of the reasons is for the work of the Son of God in redemption. In Eph. 1:7-10, Paul expresses his praise for the great redemption through the Lord Jesus.

    We all need the forgiveness of our sins! All of us are in spiritual bondage and imprisonment, whether we know it or not. Paul wrote in Col. 1:13-14, “He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.”

    Most of us, I’m quite sure, prefer light to darkness. Without Jesus, all of us were in darkness, members, although we may not have known it, in the kingdom of Satan. Our heavenly Father desired that we all come to a saving knowledge and has provided the means through His Son, the Lord Jesus. We are glad that we can share in the inheritance He has for us (Col. 1:12).

    The Word of God describes this transformation as changing kingdoms. We have been brought out of darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel. The terminology used here by Paul is a military illustration. It pictures Rome going into a free country and as a result of waging war and winning they subdue that nation and take them into captivity. But in the spiritual realm, we are the ones in bondage and when we accept The Lord Jesus and obey the Gospel, we are “transferred” (NASV) or “translated” (KJV) or are “conveyed” (NKJV) out of that bondage into the light of the Gospel. But it does not end there.

    Paul tells the Galatians that we were bought with a price (Gal. 3:13). Our freedom cost Jesus His life. What should be our response to His redemptive work? We should pour out our hearts in praise. We should love Him greatly because of what He did for us. The Psalmist said in Psalm 1:30:3-4, “Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness.” (NLT)

    Jesus lavished grace on us. “O, the love that drew salvations’s plan, O the grace that brought it down to man. O the mighty gulf that god did span—at Calvary” ! It is truly amazing grace. We do not have the words to express His grace.

    Since we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins (Col. 1:14) we must put our new found faith to the test. We have been called out of that dark kingdom, changed by the light of the Gospel and now have the privilege to go back into that kingdom, now empowered by the Holy Spirit and utilizing the Whole Armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20) to help others find their way out. We can never work our way to heaven, but upon salvation, we are to be the best workers the Lord has. Let’s be found letting our light shine for Jesus (1 Peter 2:10)!

    -Larry Miles, April 18, 2015

     
  • Larry Miles 12:01 am on 2015-05-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Thought #2: We Have Been Blessed With Every Spiritual Blessing 

    Text: Eph. 1:3

    The Apostle Paul is writing this epistle to the Christians in the city of Ephesus. He has talked about grace and peace in Eph. 1:2. We know that the “grace of God” was manifested in the person of the Lord Jesus. That grace was also an action, whereby God showed forth His love for lost mankind and the Lord Jesus was the Redeemer who came down to Earth to die for the sins of man­kind. Since we are now “in Christ,” we can claim the blessings in the letter also.

    In Eph 1:3, Paul stresses first of all that we need to praising the Heavenly Father above all things. God wants to bestow, yea, even lavish his love and blessings on His children. He is not up there in Heaven blessing us sparingly. Jesus said that He came that we might have an abundant life in Him. We must desire all that He has for us. We must want to live the Christian life to the fullest, learning more about Jesus every day. We strive for this because we want to “grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus,” as well as encouraging our fellow believers in their walk and reaching the lost with the message of salvation.

    He has blessed us “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places IN CHRIST.” The same Greek words rendered here “heavenly places” are translated heavenly things” in James 3:12. Since we are “citizens of Heaven,” (Phil. 3:20) we must look to the things above and not things on the earth. Our spiritual mindset must be honed in on Jesus at all times. We are but pilgrims and strangers here on earth. We sing “this world is not my home…,” and rightly so. But we are as John says in I John 2:15-17 “in the world but not of the world,” we have to have a heavenly perspective in life. That perspective comes from believing the words of Paul here in Eph. 1:3.

    Larry Miles lives in Louisville, KY and worships with the Cherry St Church of Christ in New Albany, IN

     
  • Larry Miles 12:01 am on 2015-05-27 Permalink | Reply
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    An Approved Servant Of The Lord Is One Who Endures For The Gospel – The Dedicated Soldier 

    If one wants to be “An Approved Servant of the Lord,” he or she will need to practice faithfulness in their Christian life. We have all be called out of a “kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of His Love.” (Col. 1:12-14) We must be ones who put a premium on faithfulness. We must realize that we are in “for the duration.” The Lord takes us from where we were and, if we are willing to grow, He will provide the resources we need to be equipped for service. This process will involve “endurance.”

    In 2 Timothy 2:3-7, Paul uses three simple but powerful images; the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer. He uses them to illustrate some important truths. This first article will center on the “Soldier of Christ.”

    The Dedicated Soldier (2 Tim. 2:3-4). One of the many “pictures” of the Church in the New Testament is that of a “soldier.” The writers of the New Testament, especially the Apostle Paul, used that terminology. Paul and his readers were very familiar with the military concept in their lives. There were various degrees of military occupation in the provinces of the Roman Empire in the First Century. Some provinces required more military presence than others. Palestine was one of the most volatile places in the Empire so there was a large military presence there.

    The Christian “soldier” must, like the Roman soldier avail himself of all the equipment needed to be effective as a soldier. Because of our faith in, and obedience to the Gospel, we are now in the Lord’s Army! Jesus expects us to “let our light shine” and use the training we receive to not only help us be better soldiers for Him, but to help others in the same manner.

    Charles Wesley wrote, “Stand then in his great might, with all his strength endured, and take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God.” If we will do this we will fulfill the words of Paul in 2 Tim 2:3-3. Because we have our eyes on Jesus at all times (Heb. 12:1-2), we will not as Paul says, “get entangled in civilian pursuits.” One of the songs we sing goes like this: “More about Jesus I would know, More of His grace to others show; More of His saving fullness see, More of His love who died for me.”

    Christians must strive to be the best soldiers we can be. We can rest assured that our Commander, the Lord Jesus, is leading us by example and is out in the forefront of the battle. He has provided all that we need to fight the spiritual battle. We only need to be willing to “take up the whole armor of God.”Bible, Word of God,

     
  • Larry Miles 2:39 pm on 2015-05-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Thoughts From The Book of Ephesians (Thought #1) 

    I have  been  working on  a  new series of   articles based on the  book of Ephesians– I have  12 “Thoughts”  done so far.  These  will take the  reader  through Eph. 2:10

     

    Thought # 1: The Writer and the Recipients

    Text: Eph. 1:1
    When people wrote letters back in Biblical times they put their name at the beginning of the letter. We do just the opposite. This is called the “salutation.” The Apostle Paul, at the beginning of this epistle, lets his readers know who he is, what his credentials are for writing the letter and to whom he is writing the letter.

    All of this is included in Eph. 1:1. Verse 2 is his greeting. Paul was not one of the original 12 Apostles. His Apostleship is by special appointment from the Lord Jesus. He received this as­signment to be an apostle to the Gentiles. Thank the Lord that he took this privilege and honor seri­ously. If he and others whom he reached with the Gospel had not, then we would not be here today en­joying the blessings of salvation.

    “…By the will of God.” It was and is God’s will that all mankind be saved and He has provided a way through His Son that all may be saved. But we all know that the majority of mankind, both past, present and future will not accept that way of salvation. Paul was faithful in his ministry (2 Tim. 4:6-8).

    Those whom Paul is writing to are named in the latter part of Eph. 1:1. The primary audi­ence of the writers of the Word of God was locally those in the first century, but we can share in these titles that Paul used for the Ephesian Christians on the basis of our faith and obedience to the Gospel.

    The recipients of Paul’s letter were the Christians in Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Paul gives at least 2 names, perhaps 3, for Christians in verse 1. He calls them (1) “Saints; (2) faithful, and (3) in Christ Jesus.”

    A “saint” in the New Testament, is not a sinless person, but a saved sinner. Faithfulness to the Lord is required if one wants to enjoy all that God has for him or her. Paul stresses that Christians are “in Christ.” As I said earlier in this devotion: Christians are saved by grace, through faith, in bap­tism, for good works. Let all of us strive to dedicate our lives to the Lord and His Church and help others find their way out of darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel.

    -Larry Miles

    Louisville, KY

    http://larryslines.com

     
  • Ron Thomas 1:47 pm on 2015-04-18 Permalink | Reply
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    What do you think of a Catholic reading… 

    What do you think of a Catholic reading the Bible? I think, of course, that is a good thing. Yet, at least with regard to one Catholic, I wonder if it is.

    So troubled by reading the book of Genesis that one writer wrote of her troubling sentiments. Since she had much difficulty putting her arms around what she read, she started coming to a realization that she, evidently, is the determiner of what is moral, or what God would/should do.

    This approach to God and the Bible fits exactly 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/17/living/catholic-reads-the-bible-week-3/

     
    • Loy Pressley 2:30 pm on 2015-04-18 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder…did she miss where God destroyed the whole world except for eight precious souls? Has she ever heard of, “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6, NKJV). Is all humanism; trying to replace God with mankind. So very sad…

    • LaraIngalls 12:46 am on 2015-05-04 Permalink | Reply

      The Ethiopian eunuch comes to mind here. In short, a person New to reading the Bible should really start in the New Testament, to know what is the current law: Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, preaching and living an example for us, His crucifixion, burial and resurrection to atone for our sins and to give us hope of an eternity with a loving God after this temporary physical life.

      Old Testament should be read with the strict understanding it is factual but historic: it’s laws and God’s statements are not all binding on us today. Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Samson, Deborah, Samuel, Saul, David, Solomon, Esther, Daniel, Ruth, Jeremiah… these are all real people, accurately accounted in the Old Testament as confirmed and verified by archaeology and external written sources. With our knowledge of the New, it is easier to read the Old and understand its key lessons: who God is, who we are and where we came from, and God’s enduring patience and love for His people.

  • TFRStaff 2:13 pm on 2015-03-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh's News & Views (No Interpretation) 

    “SUPPOSE I HAVE NO INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE ON ANY SUBJECT”

    In the June 15, 2014 issue of the Auburn Beacon, bulletin of the University Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama, Andy Sochor had an article regarding the “Heresy Trial” of Robert Wallace Officer (1845-1930). R. W. Officer, at one point in his life, served as a missionary for the Liberty Baptist Association.

    During this six-year period, he faced several charges of heresy (i.e., of not preaching standard Baptist doctrine), and eventually was arraigned before the Association that met with the Poplar Creek Church in Limestone County, Alabama, and tried for heresy. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 4:31 am on 2015-03-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh's News & Views (Revelation) 

    INSPIRATION AND REVELATION

    (Part 2)

    The scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are inspired (“breathed out of God”) and are an infallible account of God’s dealings with man down through the ages. The Bible sets forth the gradual unfolding of the grand scheme of redemption that was brought to fruition by the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and the setting up of His spiritual kingdom, the church. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 5:40 am on 2015-03-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh's News & Views (Inspiration) 

    INSPIRATION AND REVELATION (Part 1)

    The Scriptures affirm of themselves that they all were “given by inspiration of God” (II Timothy 3:16). “Inspiration” literally means “breathed out of God.” The words of the Bible (Holy Scripture) were “breathed out of God” into the writers so that what they wrote was, in fact, the word of God. The apostle Peter declared that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:21). (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:39 pm on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    3-5-2015             Is the Bible a Human Book? 

    David said in Psalm 18:30 NKJV:As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Skeptics [Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, 1-2-15] may say: “The Bible is a very human book. It was written, assembled, copied and translated by people. That explains the flaws, the contradictions, and the theological disagreements in its pages.” Obviously, they have never read: “prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). It is one thing to speak blasphemously about God’s Word, it is quite another to prove it. “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • TFRStaff 7:56 am on 2015-01-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Brotherhood translation of hardcover NT for $1.99 

    Slightly imperfect, but a great deal on hardback edition of the Plain English Bible. See details here.

     
  • TFRStaff 7:04 am on 2015-01-07 Permalink | Reply
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    3 Good Reasons to Believe the Bible is from God – Apologetics Press 

    The Bible is the most popular book that has ever been printed. It was one of the first books mass produced on Gutenberg’s printing press in 1455. To estimate a total number of Bibles and portions of it that have been produced and distributed worldwide throughout history would be virtually impossible, but the number stands well over 10 billion, since the United Bible Society alone has distributed over nine billion in the past 70 years (“God Facts,” n.d.). Without dispute, the Bible is the best selling book of all time worldwide (“Best Selling…,” 2014).

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    • Pete 9:39 pm on 2015-01-07 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that the bible is the inspired word of God. I do not think your posting (3 reasons to believe the bible is from God) show any reasons for this assumption. I read this post in the science section of WordPress and I think those that read this section need quite a bit more tangible facts than it is the most p[popular book in the world.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:46 am on 2015-01-08 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, Pete.

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts/concerns.

        If memory serves me correctly, when the article referred to the supporting evidence of the Bible being from God in relation to science I don’t think AP’s major claim was that the Bible is the most popular book in the world. I believe their point revolved around the Bible’s scientific claims, and behaviors toward sicknesses and general health, that were made previous (and by previous, we’re talking multiple millennium’s worth of time with some) to any knowledge “gained/proven” by the modern secular scientific world.

        I would encourage anyone to check out “REASON #2: SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY AND FOREKNOWLEDGE” for what I am referring to; and hence you’ll find the reason that the article was given a science tag. In that section, the particular phrase (or anything else close to it) “the Bible is most popular book in the world” is not used/given as a reason for scientific evidence.

  • J. Randal Matheny 10:40 am on 2014-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    If you’re on GNUsocial, come be a part of the Bible group.

    https://quitter.no/group/bible

    If you’re not, take this as your invitation to register and join the group.

     
  • TFRStaff 3:00 am on 2014-12-21 Permalink | Reply
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    What does the Bible say about hope? 

    “That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments” (Psalm 78:7).

    “Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 146:5). (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 7:26 am on 2014-12-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh's News & Views (Ferguson . . .) 

    FERGUSON AND THE WORD OF GOD

    “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword (or gun, hf) in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear (respect, hf) to whom fear (respect, hf), honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:1-7).

    “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually . . . The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence” (Genesis 6:5, 11). (More …)

     
    • Randal 7:30 am on 2014-12-02 Permalink | Reply

    • Morris Monkus 7:35 am on 2014-12-02 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, I hear a lot about wanting to change laws and procedures so young people won’t get hurt. The one thing I fail to hear is this: Young people, obey the law, when a law officer ask you to do something, do it, If they ask for ID show them – If you have a problem with what has happened, do not address it then, take it to a person of authority and be sure you just don’t have a chip on your shoulder, but that you have a real complaint.

    • James 2:24 pm on 2014-12-02 Permalink | Reply

      While this is certainly true, we should also know what our legal rights are so that we can stand up when necessary like Paul in Acts 22:25-29 “And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? 26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. 27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. 28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. 29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.”

      • RichardS 12:22 am on 2014-12-03 Permalink | Reply

        We should know our rights and bring them up like Paul did when he asked the centurion about the treatment of a Roman citizen. Paul did not resist or become abusive towards his captors as some of the people at Ferguson did.

    • John Henson 3:45 pm on 2014-12-03 Permalink | Reply

      In my 64 years of life, I have never been beaten by a police officer for obeying his lawful order. No police officer has mistreated or beaten me because of an unlawful or discriminatory order. Of course, no one is talking about the thousands of people who live in and around Ferguson, MO who were never beaten by any police at all.

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